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Characterization of biogenic amine receptors and their physiological roles in Caenorhabditis elegans 1 edition

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Rokhand Arvan

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Characterization of biogenic amine receptors and their physiological roles in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Published 2006 .
Written in English.

About the Book

We used C.elegans as a genetic model organism to provide a new insight of the mechanisms of biogenic amine signaling pathways in the context of the whole organism. Pharmacological and functional studies of DOP-1 receptor has previously confirmed its role as a D1-like dopamine receptor in vitro. We studied the physiological consequences of DOP-1 loss-of-function in the dop-1(ev748) mutant by analysis of various dopamine related behaviours in the worm. However, no defect in egg laying and locomotion behaviours were observed for the dop-1 mutant compared to the wild type animal. DOP-1 expression in mechanosensory neurons ALM, and PLM suggested a role in mechanosensory cues for this receptor. The response to tap, a diffused mechanical stimulus for testing mechanosensory control of locomotion, showed that dop-1 mutant animals habituate to repeated tap stimuli faster than wild type animals. The alteration in tap habituation phenotype was rescued by reintroducing a wild-type copy of the dop-1 gene into the dop-1(ev748) mutant under the control of its own promoter or the mechanosensory neuron mec-7 promoter. The human D1 receptor under the control of the mec-7 promoter also rescued the tap habituation phenotype in the dop-1(ev748) mutant. The data indicate that DOP-1 is involved in tap response behaviour in a cell autonomous manner. The observed defect in adaptive responses in dop-1(ev748) may provide an excellent model for understanding dopamine's role in modulating the behavioural plasticity in C.elegans and other organisms.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2774.

Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2006.

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